I returned to Woodside today, with the aim of getting me an autumn carp, and I'm pleased to say that the carp were in an obliging mood.
Woodside is an award-winning nature reserve and a holiday park near Ledbury, where people can camp, caravan or stay in luxury lodges. You have to stay there to be allowed onto the pools; but as
I've known the owner, Ken Davies, for many years, he is kind enough to let me fish, if I give him a phone call in advance.
Woodside has been calling to me recently, because it
is something of an unknown quantity, in terms of the fish size. It was stocked around ten years ago, and I've seen what I would say were mid-doubles in the largest pool, - a delightful pond with lily and rush beds. It's possible that it could throw up an unknown
twenty or two... it's looking increasingly likely. I only caught modest-sized carp today - eight of them, with seven falling to floating crust and one to float-fished meat. It was strange how the carp were only really keen to take crust on the "wind crease",
about 30 yards out, where the smooth water met the rippled water. They were not confident taking close in. Has anyone else experienced a similar situation?
Only one other angler
was fishing - he was float fishing in a bay, without success. He said he'd had two out earlier in the morning, - I think on floating crust. Like me, he had noticed how the carp seem to be "top happy" at the moment. It's hard to get a fish on the bottom.
The guy did give me a useful piece of information. He said the pool record was 17.5lbs - which indicates a pretty good growth rate, all considered.
I want to fish Woodside quite often, of course; but as I'm only on there by Ken's kind invitation, I shall limit myself and give myself a treat by going there when I most need a treat, and when I think I deserve